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Spirituality in the age of science - The hard problem of consciousness by Chaitanya Charan


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Spirituality in the age of science - The hard problem of consciousness by Chaitanya Charan Prabhu

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Spirituality in the age of science - The hard problem of consciousness by Chaitanya Charan

  1. 1. Do we need spirituality in an age of science?
  2. 2. Multi-faceted human intelligence “All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.” - Albert Einstein
  3. 3. Scientism is unscientific When science claims omniscience, it becomes scientific imperialism or scientism Eg. Nothing outside the room
  4. 4. Science - scope focuses & limits “I am very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world around me is very deficient. It gives a lot of factual information, puts all our experience in a magnificently consistent order, but it is ghastly silent about all and sundry that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us.” - Noble Laureate Physicist Erwin Schrodinger
  5. 5. Science - scope focuses & limits “It cannot tell us a word about red and blue, bitter and sweet, physical pain and physical delight; it knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains, but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.” - Noble Laureate Physicist Erwin Schrodinger
  6. 6. Is that scientific? Different kinds of evidence Eg. Evidence for “What is the time?” vs “Does he /she love me?
  7. 7. Consciousness  “Science’s biggest mystery is the nature of consciousness. It is not that we possess bad or imperfect theories of human awareness; we simply have no such theories at all. About all we know about consciousness is that it has something to do with the head, rather than the foot.”  Nick Herbert, Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics
  8. 8. Does consciousness exist? No scientifically measurable proof, yet it is the basis of all measurable proofs
  9. 9. Consciousness doesn’t exist? Even the denial of consciousness is an affirmation of consciousness
  10. 10. Einstein’s dilemma If we are just chemical robots, then we have no free will. Then Nazis aren’t responsible for the Holocaust
  11. 11. “I love you” I & you – biological robots Love – Surge of chemicals in cranial cavity
  12. 12. Who is the inner activator? “The brain is a computer . . . But it is programmed by something that is outside itself.” - Wilder Penfield The Mystery of the Mind,
  13. 13. The non-material source of consciousness We are not programmed machines; we are the owners of programmable machines
  14. 14. Science-spirituality harmony Science can make things better; spirituality can make people better